On February 18, 2023, eleven International Relief Teams volunteers built a home for Irma and Antonio Perez-Echeberria in colonia Trebol, Tijuana. The home build was sponsored by International Relief Teams volunteer, Ian Subel, to celebrate the memory of his friend, Isaac Saxe.
After 22 years together, Irma and Antonio Perez-Echeberria dreamed of owning a space that would accommodate their growing family of five. “We are struggling and sleeping in a cramped room. There is no money to build a larger or better house,” Antonio shared. After years of living with family and then their tiny shack, they now have a beautiful, brightly colored safe haven for their family to grow and flourish.
Enrique, their eldest son, with a dream of becoming a carpenter, even worked alongside the volunteers as they placed the roof above his future home.
Following a prayer of hope for the future, Beth Saxe celebrated her husband’s life and legacy by handing Irma and her family the keys to their new home and new beginning.